This month, we welcome a new group of Israeli Young Emissaries who arrived in late August.
Now in its 19th year, the Young Emissary program is sponsored by the Southern New England Consortium (SNEC), made up of the Jewish Federations of Central Massachusetts and Connecticut.
The teens from Israel’s Afula-Gilboa region have delayed their military service to perform a year of outreach in SNEC communities, while living with local host families.
The Young Emissary program is a project of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Partnership 2000, which connects 400 communities worldwide with regions in Israel.
Young Emissaries Stav Attias and Tamar Melech have been assigned to Central Mass. and are eager to begin strengthening the living bridge between Israel and the local Jewish community:
Stav Attias lives in Yashov-Bat Hadar, near the city of Ashkelon. One of three children, she studied visual arts in high school and was a member of the youth movement B’nai Ha’moshavim. She also played violin in Kolot Hahofe, a band made up of teenagers from different areas of the regional council. “It’s very important for me to strengthen the connection between Jews in Israel and Jews in America,” she says.
Tamar Melech lives in a suburb of Tel Aviv called Ganey Tikva. She has two brothers – one is her twin – a mom she goes diving with; and a dad who, she says, “is really the one with a sense of humor in the family.” In high school, she majored in math, English, computer sciences and chemistry, and participated in the Model United Nations program. Her leadership experience comes from her participation in Shelach, a program of Israel’s Ministry of Education, in which she served as a guide.
SNEC held an orientation for 2017 Israeli Young Emissaries at Camp Laurelwood in Madison, Conn. upon their arrival in late August. Pictured are: (back row, left to right) Jeff Narod (Central Mass. host family), Stav Attias, Bar Dgani, Yuval Hazan, Ziv Lavi, Ronni Svisa, Itamar Erez, Talya Machpood, Tamar Melech, Amalya Brownstein (community coordinator, Greater New Haven), Amit Amar (former Young Emissary 2013-14), Sharon Conway, SNEC director and director of the Israeli Young Emissary program, Ziv Zamir, Ilan Narod (host family); (front row, left to right) Bar Dgani, Shira Becker (Boston emissary), Sivan Gvili, Rotem Linchevski, Tomer Cohen, Ofek Moscovich, Judy Narod (host family), Sara Eisenberg (Boston community coordinator).